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Georgetown 78, No. 24 Florida 75

December 5, 1996

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Kimberly Smith hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to lead Georgetown to a 78-75 victory over No. 24 Florida on Wednesday, giving the Hoyas their best start in 18 seasons.

The Hoyas (4-0) fought back from a 14-0 deficit to start the game, and led only twice in the late going. But they got new life when Mahogany Hudson missed the front end of a one-and-one for Florida (3-3) in the final minute.

Smith’s high-arching 3 from the baseline gave Georgetown a 76-75 lead. Melba Chambers then stole a pass in the backcourt and made the layup for the final margin.

The victory gave Georgetown its best start since it began the 1978-79 season with 13 straight wins.

It was the first time the Lady Gators have lost to an unranked team at home in five seasons, and the first time they have lost a home opener since 1981.

Kim Gallon, who grew up an hour away in Jacksonville, hit a 3-pointer that got the Hoyas to within 62-59, then converted a three-point play on a spinning layup for their first lead of the game at 63-62.

Gallon and Ebiho Ahonkhai each had 17 points for Georgetown, which forced more than 20 turnovers for the fourth straight game.

Florida was led by DeLisha Milton, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four other Lady Gators scored in double figures. Florida had a 64-41 advantage in rebounding, 22-10 on the offensive boards.

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